Thursday, December 31, 2015

Need a Holiday in Gozo?

Ghammar Hill - view from San Pupulju Farmhouse

The 1st Floor open landing. Airy and lovely views
The kitchen was originally where the donkey and cart were housed. This rustic kitchen is fully equipped.

San Pupulju farmhouse offers a great opportunity to stay in a centuries old Gozitan farmhouse in one of the quitest and most sought after locations in Gozo. Being the owners second home it is a far cry from the 'run of the mill' holiday accommodation on offer in the majority of farmhouses in Gozo. Each room is unique and special attention has been paid to detail in keeping with the character the house has to offer.

Visit for further information and prices.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

10 Year Old Wins 2015 MAPFRE Euromed International Championship

Overall Euromed Champion Richard Schultheis (photo Andrea Schultheis)

The MAPFRE Euromed International Championship came to an end yesterday. This year's edition was the most successful in it's sixteen year history. The number of participants has doubled in the past few years and the popularity of the event has spread with teams from all over the world competing.

The final results for the various classes are as follows:

Optimist Overall/Gold Fleet: 1st Richard Schultheis (MLT), 2nd Craig Farrugia Vella (MLT), 3rd Andrea Milano

Optimist Silver Fleet: 1st Vladimir Novoselov (RUS), 2nd Hannah Maurer (SWE), 3rd Katryna Esposito (MLT)

Optimist Bronze Fleet: 1st Gianpiero Paglairo (ITA), 2nd Emily Hall (GBR), 3rd Elodie Edwards (GBR)

Optimist Cadet: 1st Richard Schultheis (MLT), 2nd Marco Gradoni (ITA), 3rd Daniel Cante (SLO)

Optimist Beginners: 1st Daniel Ciantar (MLT), 2nd Francesco Balzano (ITA), 3rd Antonio Adomato (ITA)

Laser Radial: 1st Loghlan Rickard (IRL), 2nd Justin Busuttil (MLT), 3rd Karl Miggiani (MLT)

Laser 4.7: 1st Salvatore Sciuto (ITA), 2nd Matilda Nicholls (GBR), 3rd Zachary Zammit (MLT)

Monday, December 21, 2015

MAPFRE Euromed International Championship 2015 - Day 2

Day 2 of the MAPFRE Euromed Internationl Championship was a complete contrast in weather conditions compared to their first day of racing. Overcast skies and very light shifty wind conditions followed by big downpours of rain made it very difficult to complete the day's programme of races. The heavy squalls disrupted racing and the support boats were kept busy ensuring the fleet was guided back to shore safely.

Provisional results after 2nd day of racing:

Optimist Class Overall:  1st Richard Schultheis (MLT), 2nd Victoria Schultheis(MLT), 3rd Marco Gradoni(ITA)

Optimist Cadet:  1st Richard Schultheis(MLT), 2nd Marco Gradoni(ITA), 3rd Daniel Cante (ITA)

Optimist Beginners:  1st Daniel Ciantar(MLT), 2nd Giuseppe Gaetano(ITA), 3rd Francesco Balzano(ITA)

Photos thanks to Andrea Schultheis

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

MAPFRE Euromed International Championships 2015 - Day 1

The MAPFRE Euromed International Championships 2015 got under way yesterday with perfect sailing winds enabling four races to be sailed. Mellieha Bay makes the perfect location and backdrop for such a sailing event, and just seeing all the little white sails scattered all over the bay is a memorable picture in itself.

This year's championship has attracted the biggest fleet ever to participate in a sailing competition here in Malta. With 231 boats launched (information from the Facebook Euromed International Championship page) it was quite a feat in itself co-ordinating launching the various teams together with the support and rescue boats. The whole event takes months of organisation and it is thanks to the tireless team working behind the scenes year in year out that the Euromed is such a success and has grown to this proportion.   MAPFRE MIDDLESEA have been a major support in the Maltese sailing world this year and having them 'on board' for the Euromed 2015 must be a very welcome boost to the overall organisation.

The Maltese team got off to a good start with excellent overall results. Provisional results for the various classes are:

Optimist Overall: 1st Richard Schultheis (MLT), 2nd Antonia Schultheis (MLT), 3rd Craig Farrugia Vella (MLT)

Optimist Cadet:    1st Richard Schultheis (MLT), 2nd Marco Gradoni (ITA), 3rd Daniel Cante (SLO)

Laser Radial:        1st Loghlen Richard (NYC), 2nd Justin Busuttil (MLT), 3rd Thomas Bonello Ghio (MT)

Laser 4.7:              1st Zachary Zammit (MLT), 2nd Andrea Parrinello (ITA), 3rd Matilda Nichols (GBR).  

Below pics thanks to Andrea Schultheis
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Malta's tireless coach Jean Paul Fleri Soler

Friday, December 18, 2015

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Sicily - November 2015 (3)

Early morning in Acitrezza

Acitrezza harbour

Going out fishing - Acitrezza

Early morning - Acitrezza

At the fish market in Acitrezza

The main square of Acitrezza
 FOOOD! Below pics were taken in the lovely market in Syracuse. It is not a huge market, but brimming over with character (and characters!). My sort of heavenly place. In the middle of the market is a tiny restaurant - just a small room with a couple of tables outside. They also have a stall outside where various things are cooking, like octopus stew which you can stop and taste. If you are feeling a bit peckish (like we were) sit and have a great meal. I ate the best Spagehetti con le Vongole I have had and my husband had a superb swordfish steak.

Don't often see green cauli's in Malta

Where else can you shop and be entertained at the same time?


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